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Why Acknowledging Yourself Matters

Most of us are familiar with gratitudes and have picked up a gratitude practice at one point or another. We remind ourselves to be grateful for things, people, situations etc. in order to appreciate all the things we have and to get in the habit on focusing on the positive rather than the negative. And […]

Are You Being Emotionally Blackmailed or Manipulated?

Have you ever been emotionally blackmailed by someone? Most people I talk to are not sure that they have. How can you tell that someone is emotionally blackmailing you? According to psychotherapist Susan Forward, emotional blackmail is a powerful form of manipulation in which people close to us use Fear, Obligation or Guilt (FOG) in […]

How To Be Resilient Even When Times Get Tough

We all go through difficult times in our lives at some point or another. But while some of us face tougher adversity than others, how we are able to withstand those times also varies widely. The capacity to overcome traumatic events- resilience – is what makes a huge difference when dealing with hardships. So what […]

Always Do Your Best OR Always Do What You Can While Taking Care of Yourself and Enjoying Your Life

In “The Four Agreements”, Miguel Ruiz calls his fourth agreement: Always Do Your Best. I have always had a hard time with that agreement, because to me, always doing your best implies that you have to always give it your all, do as much as you possibly can, and work like crazy. And that sounds […]

Don’t Make Assumptions OR Make Assumptions that Serve You

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Miguel Ruiz’s 4 Agreements: Don’t Take Anything Personally. Taking things personally causes us much pain and suffering. And the main reason why we take things personally is because we make an assumption that someone else’s action is about us (e.g. they didn’t thank me because they don’t […]

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